Gannon University, St. Peter Cathedral School Announce New Collaborative Professional Development School
Posted: January 31, 2014
Gannon education major Emily Reinhart and some of her fourth grade students at St. Peter Cathedral School in Erie.
The School of Education at Gannon University and St. Peter
Cathedral School in Erie have announced a collaborative program
that is designed to improve student learning at the school while
offering enhanced educational opportunities to students at the
Called the St. Peter Cathedral-Gannon Professional Development
School, the program creates a means for students from Gannon
University's School of Education to bring the latest in educational
best practices to St. Peter Cathedral School students under the
careful direction of professors and evaluators.
Professional Development Schools combine the preparation of
teacher candidates, professional development for practicing
teachers, and research with the goal of helping all students learn.
Students benefit because the knowledge, skills, and resources of
both university and school are focused on meeting their needs.
Students also benefit from teacher interns, mentor teachers, and
university faculty who play active roles in the Professional
Development School setting.
Gannon University's School of Education will also conduct one
professional development opportunity for teachers each semester.
The principal collaborates with the teachers to determine the
needs. The principal then works with the School of Education to
plan the professional development. St. Peter Cathedral-Gannon
Professional Development School will also explore specialized
extended learning opportunities that can be conducted in after
school programs or in summer camps for students and families at St.
Peter Cathedral School.
The announcement comes during the observation of National
Catholic Schools Week, the annual celebration of Catholic education
in the United States that celebrates the value that Catholic
education provides and its contributions to church, community and
One of many partnerships with the Erie Diocesan Schools, the
association between the two educational institutions is a long and
rewarding one. "As an elementary school literally in the shadow of
Gannon's campus, St. Peter Cathedral School is a logical and
appropriate place to bring about a productive exchange of people
and ideas," said Carolynn Masters, Ph.D., RN, Gannon University's
provost and vice president for academic affairs.